The New Orleans Saints won their first road playoff game ever on Saturday in Philadelphia as the team squeaked by the Eagles 26-24. The Saints’ reward? A trip back to Seattle to play the Seattle Seahawks.
New Orleans traveled to Seattle on Dec. 2, and that Week 13 nightmare is something the Saints would love to forget.
The Saints were held to their lowest point total of the season (seven) in Seattle, and the Seahawks pummeled the Saints by 27 points, the largest margin of defeat the Saints saw all season.
Unless this team finds a way to make a complete 180 in terms of how it plays in the divisional round of the playoffs compared to Week 13, New Orleans won’t need to make travel arrangements for the NFC Championship Game.
But in addition to New Orleans finding a way to win on the road last week, the team won without its quarterback Drew Brees shouldering the brunt of the load. The running game showed up for the Saints, and if that group of guys can continue churning yardage on the ground, New Orleans has a shot.
But do the Saints have the edge in that matchup? What about every matchup on the field?